Del. to Issue Monthly Emergency Benefits Thursday

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The Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits for August to eligible households, as part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The SNAP emergency food benefit will be available on recipients’ EBT cards today (Thursday). Eligible households enrolled in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance will…

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Update: Judge Upholds Del. Auditor’s Subpoena of Medicaid Information from DHSS

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Update: Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness released a statement Thursday regarding a judge’s decision to uphold her subpoena for Medicaid information from DHSS: Judge Karsnitz released his decision in our court case with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) regarding our requests to audit Medicaid spending. My office fought for nearly two…

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Del. Overdose Deaths Reach Monthly High In May 2022

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Delaware health officials are concerned that more lives may be lost at a faster rate due to overdose connected to deadly fentanyl or the increasing use of cocaine.According to Delaware Health and Social Services, 42 people died in May of suspected overdoses, based on findings from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. That is a…

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Gov. Carney Revises, Extends Public Health Emergency Order

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Delaware’s Public Health Emergency Order was revised and extended for 30 days Thursday by Governor John Carney. State law requires that a public health emergency declaration be extended every 30 days. According to Carney’s office, the action allows the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs and allows staffing…

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DHSS Offers Naloxone Training This Month In Sussex Co.

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Free training in the use of Naloxone, a medication proven effective in reversing the effects of an opioid overdose, will be offered in Delaware this month and in April. The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health will make training available in Georgetown, Lewes, Seaford and Ocean View.…

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P-EBT Program Returns For ’21-22 School Year

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Delaware households with children affected by school closures or reduced in-person hours or attendance caused by COVID-19 will receive emergency food assistance benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Eligible households will receive P-EBT benefits for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school during the current school year…

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Where Can The Homeless Find Shelter From The Cold?

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Shelters for the homeless are open and available during the winter, thanks to volunteers and the non-profit Code Purple. Beds can be found on a nightly basis, but capacity at shelters is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain social distance. If you encounter a homeless person, the Delaware Housing Alliance…

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COVID-19 Vax Available For Homebound Delawareans

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Delawareans who are not able to get out for a COVID-19 vaccination can now arrange to get the shot by calling a new toll-free number. Delaware Health and Social Services announced Tuesday that the service is available for eligible seniors and people with disabilities who may be homebound or people with a serious illness. DHSS…

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Mixed Results in Del. Cancer Mortality Study

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Delaware is making some progress in reducing cancer mortality, but the state holds the 15th-highest rating for cancer mortality in the time frame of 2013-2017, unchanged from 2012-2016. The Division of Public Health presented its data report to the Delaware Cancer Consortium Monday. To read the report, please CLICK HERE Findings are mixed, but Health…

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Deer In Rehoboth Area Tests Positive For Rabies

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(Delaware Health officials issued the following rabies alert Friday) The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Rehoboth Beach residents who live or spend time in the vicinity of Kings Creek Circle and Road 273 of a positive case of rabies in a white-tailed deer in the area. The deer was showing signs of…

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West Nile Case Confirmed With Kent Co. Resident

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A 69-year-old Kent County man has come down with Delaware’s first case of West Nile Virus in a person since 2018. Delaware Public Health said Friday that an epidemiological investigation is underway to determine travel history or sources that could have led to infection. West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness. There were ten cases in…

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Del. Listeria Case Linked To Multi-State Outbreak

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Delaware Public Health has announced that the state has confirmed one case of Listeria in conection with an outbreak linked to recalled Tyson Foods ready-to-eat chicken products. DPH Monday said due to the small numbers of cases overall and to protect the privacy of all patients, additional information about the specific case would not be…

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Del. Exceeds Healthcare Spending Benchmarks, According To Report

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Health care spending overall in Delaware topped $8.2-Billion dollars in 2019 and was up $0.6-Billion from the previous year according to Delaware’s first Benchmark Trend Report presented by Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik to the Delaware Health Care Commission. Spending in 2019 was up across all categories: hospital inpatient, outpatient, physician, pharmacy and…

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